I could not do what I do today without the help of quite a few people. All these people are incredibly important to me and I want them to know that whenever we have success, I might be the one piloting the horse around but without their backing and support , it would just not be possible.
A great big thank you from me to everyone!
Charlotte has been around Team Tatt a long time, having learnt to ride at my Mum’s riding school when I was still based at home and helping out in all of her spare time. After school she went to Hartpury college to further her knowledge, spending half terms and holidays helping us out at Tattleton. After college she worked here on and off and then in July 2016 she became my Home Yard Manager. In more recent years Charlotte progressed to Head Girl, a key player to ‘running the show’ when we are home and/ or away.
I am not really sure I can quite sum up in a paragraph what she does for me, and what she means to me, but here goes: She drives the truck, cooks, cleans and washes. She is my principal groom and walks courses with me. On top of all that, she runs a livery yard and trains young horses. I don’t know how she does it all, it makes me feel tired just thinking about it! She owns shares in some of my horses, has always been my No.1 fan, and is my chief advisor, my best friend, and I love her to bits. She is quite frankly a legend!!!
At the end of 2016 she was delighted to hear that the judges for the Haddon Training British Grooms Awards had given her one of their annual awards – recognising not only her recent role as my principal competition groom but also her many other contributions to Eventing over the years.
Often referred to as ‘Lods’ and known for asking “is it lunch time yet?” Previously my Yard manager and travelling groom she is now officially my PA and definitely ‘She who must be obeyed’. She does organising, entries, admin, PR, accounts……pretty much anything you can think of…..when not doing any of these she can be found feeding polos to her beloved Spike & Austin (The Prince’s of Tattleton)
Becky joined us in 2014, being one of our long standing members of the team, and is a total trooper. She keeps on going no matter what and always has a smile on her face (except when it’s raining!!). She is excellent either as a travelling groom or when at home to keep things ticking over. A great team member.
Becky has Billy On Air on loan from Ann Black, who she loves dearly.
Hannah has become Gemma’s second rider after joining team Tatt back in June 2017, with her own horse Leo. Hannah worked part time for a couple of years whilst studying for her degree at Hartpury. Before the pair moved to Tattleton they mainly focused on showjumping and dressage.
Maddie joined Team Tatt in Summer 2019 along with her “Barbie pony”, Dixie. Earlier that year she worked with a good friend of Gemma’s, Justine Dutton out in Florida for 3 months, gaining experience working with youngsters up to 3* Eventers and Show jumpers.
Maddie’s aim is to produce Dixie in to a little Eventer and proceed up the levels.
Leah joined us back in October 2019 as an apprentice after finishing her GCSEs. She has been in the pony club since she was 10 which is where her passion for eventing started. She is currently enjoying riding Chilli morning and looks forward to the future.
Jess works part time at Tattleton, after coming to us towards the end of 2016 having been very busy studying at college and working 3 part time jobs. She instantly fitted in really well, she has been competing some of the young horses since joining team Tatt, which has really built her confidence.
Behind the scenes…
Gemma has a team to keep her on the road, including her boyfriend Gary Stevens – who can be found driving the lorry, putting jumps up and generally keeping Gemma in check. Also, Gemma uses Emily Mumford at InkPot Sports Media for her social media and often you can find her best friend, Emma at events on tea making duty or taking photos ready to update the website.